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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1284 Pte A. Proudfoot RH)

Note: The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 is regimentally locally impressed in the correct style for awards of this medal to the 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

Important: The medal is verified on the respective medal roll of 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), reference WO 100/400

Abraham Proudfoot, the son of Alexander & Margaret Proudfoot, was a native of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, where born circa 1890. The 1901 National Census for Scotland records Abraham as a Scholar, residing with his parents, two elder sisters and an elder brother (two other elder brothers were already by this time serving with the Black Watch) and living at the family home located at, 17 St. Patrick Square, Edinburgh. Abraham enlisted in the British Army, sometime in 1908, joining the 'Family Regiment, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), and was subsequently drafted overseas to British India, where 2nd Black Watch were serving their overseas tour between 1902-1914. During his service in British India, Abraham had the distinction of serving at the great imperial assembelage - the Delhi Durbar - held at Delhi in December 1911, and the only time a ruling British monarch visited British India - and whereat the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders provided a Guard of Honour at the Durbar ceremonies. The 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), received new regimental colours from the King Emperor, George V, at Delhi, and layer silver Durbar medals were issued to the few 'selected' all-ranks of the regiment, including a covetted award being issued to Abrham Proudfoot (the medal roll refers)

At the the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, Abraham was still in India, serving at Bareilly Cantonment, where his battalion was a constituent unit of the mixed 'Bareilly Brigade', of the newly created 7th (Meerut) Division of the Army in India. Meerut Division was mobilized for war service and embarked from India for France on 21 September 1914. The 2nd Black Watch, with Abraham, now a Lance Corporal, first entering a theatre of war 'France', when he disembarked at Marseilles, France, on 12 October 1914. Abraham was never alone, while serving in India, or after disembarkation in France, as soldiering was very much in the Proudfoot blood, and the Black Watch was the family regiment, with Abraham having two older brothers serving in the battalion at the same time as senior NCO's, vis, Pipe-Sergeant Archibald Proudfoot (Prisoner-of War, 27 September 1915) & Company Sergeant Major Robert Proudfoot (Killed-in-Action 21 January 1916) - a magnificent fighting Back Watch tradition. For his services in the Great War, Private Abraham Proudfoot received a 1914 Star with dated clasp, British War Medal & Interallied Victory Medals (reference the respective medal rolls WO 329/2460 & WO 329/1351). Abraham survived the Great War and continued to serve with 'The Colours' and with the Black Watch into the 1920's, receiving his unique Army Number 2744696 in 1920. Later per Army Order 368 of 1926, he was in that year awarded his Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

A splendid large group photograph titled 'Belfast Family's Army Record' was published in the Belfast Evening Telegraph issue of 8 October 1914, including named photographs of all the Proudfoot family brothers and cousins then in uniform (8 of them) together with other family members

A most desirable Delhi Durbar Medal, to a son of a proud and loyal family that served in the Black Watch - the senior and most famous of the Highland Regiments

Sold together with some copied research, including extract page from the Delhi Durbar Medal roll

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 18679Price: 285.00 GBP


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Coronation Medal 1937

Issued for the Coronation of King George V

Condition: About EF

Code: 17874Price: 35.00 GBP


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Indian Meritorious Service Medal. GV first issue, an 'Immediate Award' (4696 L. Nk. (Bgl. Maj.) Bishun Singh, 1/Bn. Corps of Guides (F. F.)

Note: This is an 'Immediate' award for gallantry or distinguished service, as awarded under special provision during the era of the Great War

Important: Reference 'Honours and Awards Indian Army 1914-1921' (Hayward, reprint of a 1931 publication), the recipient is confirmed as having been decorated with the IMSM for his services in Palestine (Israel) theatre of operations during the Great War

Note: During the Great War, 1st Bn Guides Infantry remained in India through to 1917, including service on the North West Frontier. In 1917, the battalion joined 7th (Meerut) Division, and served in MesopotamiaIn 1917, the 1st Guides Infantry joined the 7th (Meerut) Division in Mesopotamia, and fought in the Action of Tikrit. In 1918, 1st Guides served in Palestine (under higher formation the Egyptian Field Force) and took part in the Battle of Megiddo, which led to the annihilation of the Turkish Army in Palestine

Recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith, holding the rank of Lance-Naik (Lance-Corporal) and appointment of 'Bugle-Major', while serving with 1st Battalion Guides Infantry or the Indian Army

The Corps of Guides (comprising both Cavalry and Infantry regiments) was the most distinguished and battle hardened unit of the former British Indian Army. With the regimental centre located at 'Mardan' Cantonment in the North West Frontier Province, the 'Guides' were an integral component of the 'Punjab Frontier Force' and prior to the Great War deployed in numerous campaigns and wars on the North West Frontier of India, as well as fighting further afield in the Punjab during the Second Sikh War; at Delhi during the Indian Mutiny, and several campaigns during the Afghanistan War of 1878-1880. Prior to their amalgamation and restyling as 5th Battalion 12th Frontier Force Regiment in 1922, the Guides Infantry had earned the below following battle honours;

- Mooltan
- Goojerat
- Delhi 1857
- Ali Masjid
- Kabul 1879
- Afghanistan 1878-80
- Chitral
- Malakand
- Punjab Frontier

After their return to India, the 1st Guides deployed on active campaign service during the Third Afghan War 1919. In 1922 the battalion was re-styled as 5th Bn (QVO Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment

A most desirable medal to a Sikh soldier holding the appointment of Bugle-Major, in the famous Corps of Guides

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18764Price:


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Indian Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. GVI issue (3931 Nk. Partap Singh., 1-12 F. F. R.)

Recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith, holding the rank of Naik (Corporal) while serving with 1st Battalion Frontier Force Regiment of the Indian Army

Note: On the oubreak of the Second World War in September 1939, 1/12th (Prince of Wales's Own Sikhs) Frontier Force Regiment, were part of the Bannu Brigade and took part in operations in the North West Frontier in early 1940. In the autumn of 1940 the battalion transferred to Delhi Cantonment, and on 15 May 1941, was transferred to the 17th Indian Infantry Brigade, part of the 8th Indian Infantry Division which was being raised in Bombay, and with which it remained for the rest of the duration of the Second World War. Subsequently 1/12th F.F.R. served overseas in Iraq and Syria before being deployed to fight in Italy 1943-1945

Condition: GVF

Code: 18763Price: 50.00 GBP


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Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. GVI issue (Const. George Roberts.)

Sold together with official card box of issue complete with rank, name and Police Force details '61 Lothian and Peebles, Const. George Roberts'

Virtually uncirculated condition with long length of silk riband as issued

Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. GVI issue (Const. George Roberts.)

Sold together with official card box of issue complete with rank, name and Police Force details '61 Lothian and Peebles, Const. George Roberts'

Virtually uncirculated condition with long length of original silk riband, and the medal contained in grease proof wrapper within card box of issue

The Lothian and Peebles Constabulary was a relatively short-lived Scottish Police Force, only existing between 1950 - 1973. The force was created in 1950 by the amalgamation of 4 x hitherto distinct and independent Police Forces namely; Haddingtonshire (restyled East Lothian), formed in 1832; Linlithgowshire (restyled West Lothian) formed 1840; Edinburghshire (restyled Mid Lothian) formed 1840, and Peebles-shire which latter was established in 1841

Constable George Roberts, would have spent most - if not all - of his 22 years qualifying unblemished police service with one of the four former independent forces prior to the amalgamation in 1950

When the Scottish Police Forces were regionalised In 1975, the Lothian and Peebles Constabulary amalgamated with the 'Berwwick Roxburgh & Selkirk Contabulary', and the City of Edinburgh Police to become the 'Lothian & Borders Police', one of then 8 police forces in Scotland

On 1 April 2013, all of Scotland's former regional police forces were merged to form a single national police force, 'Police Service Scotland'

Condition: EF

Code: 18029Price: 65.00 GBP


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Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. GVI issue (Const. John Watt.)

Sold together with official card box of issue complete with rank, name and Police Force details '41 Stirling and Clackmannan, Const. John Watt'

Medal fitted with long length of riband

The medal to Constable John Watt was one of the very first batch of Police L.S.G.C.'s medal awarded to the 'Stirling & Clackmannan Constabulary', the award being recorded in the 'Falkirk Herald' issue of 1 December 1951, that contained an article about the very first presentations of the recently created Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal - awarded for 22 years unblemished service - to men of the 'Stirling & Clackmannan Contabulary'. At that time 48 x medals were awarded to the Force, of which 19 were presented to men of the local 'Falkirk & District' sub-divisions, including Constable John Watt who is showing as having served with the Falkirk police

Condition: EF

Code: 18028Price: 65.00 GBP

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